Mario Sundar's Speakeasy

Spero Ventures. Early LinkedIn, Twitter. These are my thoughts on tech, brand, marketing and community.


About Mario Sundar 

Startup PR executive, Twitter’s 1st evangelism communications lead & LinkedIn’s 2nd tech PR lead

Built Twitter’s Evangelism efforts across brands, developers and analyst relations. Prior to this, I was the second PR hire at LinkedIn. I’ve also led communications efforts at tech startup accelerators like 500 Startups and startups like Ever (acquired by Snapchat).

Everything I learned about comms, I learned over five years at LinkedIn. From 2006, when I first got to know our founding team as employee #90 to our successful IPO in 2011, our users grew from 10 million to over 200 million and our employees from less than 100 to over 4000!

I also host an exclusive monthly gathering of the most creative minds in Public Relations called “The Speakeasy,” which includes the early communications leaders at the whos-who of technology companies across tech & culture. If you’re in P.R. in a leadership position and would like to learn more, please DM or tweet me @mariosundar.

What do I write about? 

Just 3 topics

(i) Public Relations & Communications
(ii) Influencer Marketing
(iii) Content Marketing

Sometimes about…

(i) Events I attend
(ii) Technology that inspires me (particularly ones related to productivity and Apple)

Who should subscribe to my blog, follow me on Twitter and Instagram 

Anyone in the Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications world, especially if you are in the technology space, or would like to become a part of that world.

Me, Myself, Everywhere

Contact Me:




These are my personal opinions and do not represent those of my employer/s.

34 Responses

  1. Flavia Takahashi-Flores says:


    You never stop amazing me! Your energy, your creative and your passion for moving things forward is inspiring to me.
    I will be here often. Your page is tagged is in my favorites web-page. Keep up the good work, my friend!


  2. mariosundar says:


    Thanks a lot for your kind words.

    I look forward to hearing your take on marketing on the blog. Keep reading and hope to see you soon.



  3. Mario,

    When you do something on podcasting, can I post it on my blog and link back to your site. I’ve done a little on it, but not much. I really like the quality of your site.



  4. Mario Sundar says:

    Sure, Stephen, you can post it on your blog.

    Thanks, for the compliments. I look forward to seeing you more often at the site.



  5. Katia says:

    I just wanted to congratulate you for the creativity and resourcefulness you show here. It is enjoyable to read. Good work!


  6. Mario Sundar says:

    Hey Katia,

    I’m glad you enjoy reading the blog. I look forward to seeing you start your blog on all things finance.

    Thanks for the appreciation. It means a lot.


  7. Santosh says:

    I happen to see your blog today!! Excellent blog, Now I am thinking I should have found your blog long back 🙂 Excellent write-up.



  8. Mario Sundar says:

    Thanks for reading Santosh!

    Feel free to ping me with any suggestions/ideas for improvement.



  9. I am in the process of installing wordpress blog for my site. I really like your template. How did you add menu tab to your header?



  10. Mario Sundar says:

    Thanks for dropping by. You can do that by installing my blog theme Regulus 2.1 (courtesy: Ben Gillbanks at Binary Moon.)

    Once you install that theme, you can then tweak the options.

    Hope this helps.


  11. Fundraiser says:

    A few questions from a blog idiot

    How do you keep the spammers from eating you alive? i\’ve seen blogs with nothing but spam postings.

    How do you keep some left wing extremist from posting racist or defamatory rhetoric? and if you cant stop them, what are you legally liabel when they do?

    can viruses be posted to blogs?


  12. Mario Sundar says:

    Well, I’m a little confused as to whether this is a spam post Fundraiser. Anyways, to answer your question. Most spam (in the thousands) is caught by wordpress.

    However, in recent times, there has been a ton of spam trackbacks I’ve received that I’m dealing with that’s increasingly annoying.


  13. Dan Schawbel says:

    Mario, I”m on the board of AMA’s boston chapter….I see you are also on my facebook account.

    I typically blog about Personal Branding


  14. Keep up the good work, Podcasting will be great.My podcast is
    Thank you


  15. […] In has a hired a blogger – a.k.a. Community Evangelist Mario Sundar.  Check out his blog, Marketing Nirvana, for info about blogging, social networking, social marketing, and […]


  16. Raja says:

    Hi Sundar,
    your blog looks great



  17. Debbie Bruno says:

    Hi Mario,

    I am an Executive Recruiter and would like to talk to you to network for an SVP of Marketing position I am working on for one of my clients. They are a dot com in business since 2001 and need an innovate, conceptual marketing person with a good deal of viral marketing experience under their belt.

    I can be reached at 312.327.1008, or of course via e-mail.




  18. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Dan, Raja & Suresh,

    Thanks for dropping by.


    I can best be reached via email at Thanks!


  19. Morgan says:

    Hi Mario,
    Currently, I’m a bit more of a web developer at my organization, but will be transitioning into more solid community management duties after our new site launches.

    I’m interested in social marketing and community media too and the content on your blog is really, really great and useful.



  20. Mario Sundar says:


    You’re welcome! Please continue checking in. The focus of the blog will stay with community management, corporate blogging, customer evangelism and the like.


  21. Mario,

    Gradually Im building my LinkedIn Network and would love to know of any resources that would help me learn how to use LinkedIn to identify individuals who share my interest in the importance of social capital, community, connection and relationships in the workplace and in life generally. I wrote the “Connection Culture” manifesto that published recently and would love to know how I might identify LinkedIn or other members of social networks who would be interested in collaborating on these ideas. Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated. All the best…MLS


  22. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the comment. The two best resources you’re going to find on LinkedIn are:

    1. The LinkedIn Blog (that I edit) –

    2. The LinkedIn Learning Center –

    Hope these help.


  23. Hey Mario,

    My name is Nikhil Prakash and I am a creative marketing manager for I just wanted to say that I’ve enjoyed browsing through your site, and I am going to be attending your session at Blogworld in Vegas. I was wondering if it is possible for us to hook up for coffee sometime during those few days, as I’d love to pick your brain a bit about social media and blogging strategies…

    Keep up the good work!

    Thank you sir,


  24. Mario Sundar says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Nice meeting you after the keynote luncheon at BlogWorld.

    If you’ve any questions feel free to email me.


  25. poetry12 says:

    Hi Mario,
    You are inspirational! You amaze with words you speak, and it makes me wonder who am I. Keep on working towards your goal!


  26. Ryan Graves says:

    Mario- Great blog. I’ve learned a bunch. I’m currently thinking about taking a position as a community manager and I’m trying to figure out if it would be a good fit for me. I think I would really enjoy it but I’ve never held the role before and wanted to learn more.

    Any chance we can chat sometime about your role at LinkedIn and your experience prior? Let me know what works. I blog at if you’re interested.

    Thanks in advance, hope to hear from you soon.


  27. Mario Sundar says:


    Good luck on the new gig! Shoot me an email if you’ve any questions.


  28. thank you for this website , I can find more information


  29. Jeff Hurt says:

    LinkedIn and you are taking hits on Twitter and you’re not even responding to them. Since you limit your followers on Twitter, no one can DM you. You might want to take a look at them, especially those from @tojulius.


  30. Amit B. Nirmal says:

    i required job in “agricultural marketing” in your organization. i have 6 year experience in same field.


  31. […] Mario Sundar* at Quora published interesting (and very useful) feedback regarding Google+ platform: (Google+ Circles, but it’s still just a far easier-to-setup-and-use friend list. Facebook allows you to create different friend lists today (think “Limited Profile”) and even prompts you to bucket your friends when you connect — but how many users use that. […]


  32. […] Steve Jobs’ resignation announcement, Mario Sundar at LinkedIn re-posted his “Top 10 Steve Jobs quotes“: Recruiting is hard. It’s just […]


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